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Our Biometric Future: Facial Recognition Technology and the Culture of Surveillance

Kelly A. Gates


Since the 1960s, a significant effort has been underway to program computers to “see” the human face—to develop automated systems for identifying faces and distinguishing them from one another—commonly known as Facial Recognition Technology (FRT). While computer scientists are developing FRT in order to design more intelligent and interactive machines, businesses and states agencies view the technology as uniquely suited for “smart” surveillance—systems that automate the labor of monitoring in order to increase their efficacy and spread their reach. Tracking this technological pursuit, this bo ... More

Keywords: automated systems, Facial Recognition Technology, smart surveillance, governance, security, intelligent machines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732090
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly A. Gates, author